|Are your thoughts making you rich
or making you poor?
I’ve met literally thousands of self-published and indie-published authors over the course of the last couple of years and the saddest thing I see is not a lack of editing or poor covers it’s self-sabotage. Never have I seen a business so rampant with people so determined to fail.
I’m a very positive person so it grieves me to write a post such as this one, but aren’t you tired of settling when it comes to your career? Or are you the type of author that had it not been for the advent of the self-publishing trend, would still be sending the same manuscript out repeatedly without doing anything to improve it or ever writing anything new?
I hope that’s not you, because I’m here to tell you today that you’re capable of more than that and whomever convinced you that you’re not should certainly be shown a lesson. Show them! Determine today to prove to them how wrong they were. The ONLY person that your success is completely dependent on is YOU.
Now, for the sake of being clear here I’m not taking away from anyone’s personal belief system. I give credit for everything I have to God because I know I’ve been blessed, but success still requires action. If you’re not where you want to be, your thoughts are making you poor.
The most powerful part of our body is our mind, and if you are allowing it to work against you…stop it right now! Life is too short to live in a reality you create for yourself that isn’t the one you want.
I’ve taken the gloves off, and I’m ready to lay all out there for you. Mary Poppins might have suggested that a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down, but on the flip side sugar coating, things never did anyone any good.
Now, let’s take a look at why your book isn’t as successful as you think it should be:
These are some of the thought patterns that are preventing you from fulfilling your potential….
-I don’t have time.
-I don’t have the money.
-I got a bad review.
-I don’t know how.
I’m sure you’ve heard that CAN’T never COULD and whomever told you that is right.
Let’s dispel those destructive thought patterns right now.
-You do have the time. If you’ve ever gone to college or a training session for whatever field of work, you’re in, or even took the time to follow a recipe…you’ve got the time. The truth is you are just not investing the time into your goal. The truth is you are just not investing the time into your goal.
I’m not suggesting anyone neglect their family or important obligations, but I know that if someone told you tonight that they would give you one million dollars if you wrote 50,000 words, and you only had one month to do it in. You would find a way. There are plenty of things you’re doing with your time that could be used to give you and your family the financial freedom you want. First, you have to commit to the goal.
-If you wanted it bad enough you could find the money. I was listening to a webinar this weekend, and it struck me that what the speaker was saying was very true. They said that if your child broke a leg, and you needed to take them to the doctor. You’d find a way. The argument is “that’s an emergency” but if your financial house is in disarray, you’ve got an emergency on your hands, and it’s not going away until you do something about it. If you want it bad enough you’ll find a way to invest in your future. We both know that we’ve probably wasted far more money on things that had no capacity to literally change the way we can provide for our family.
-So what you got a bad review. The only time you should pay that much attention to reviews is if they are all bad, then you’ve got a problem. You need to take it back to the drawing board and correct what’s not working. Otherwise, publishing is a very subjective business, and you’re not looking to sell every person in the world your book. You want to find those who like your style and sell to them. That should be where your focus is….finding your readership.
-If you don’t know how to do something by golly learn how. Never in history have there been so many opportunities to learn, and much of that education is free. Well, if you consider you might actually have to expend energy finding those places perhaps I should say free all but a little work. So, stop telling yourself that lie and admit that what you’re really saying is “I don’t want to learn how to do it.”
These thought patterns run rampant in the publishing world. It doesn’t matter how you’re published, or even if you’re published yet. If you’re thinking this way, you might as well just throw in the towel now, because this advice can be applied to any occupation, and maybe you don’t really want to be a best selling author.
If you find you’d rather spend hours a day griping and complaining in social groups about how bad your sales are and how unfair the world is, then prepare yourself because you’ll be there for a while. Once you determine to accept responsibility and actually do something about your career you’ll realize that it’s true that where there is a will there is a way!
This is absolutely NOT supposed to be a depressing post, instead it’s supposed to meet you where you are and motivate you to take the necessary steps to overcome your biggest obstacle, YOU!
I can’t wait to hear all about your success. Please do come back and share.
If you’re looking for a coach and need someone to whip you in shape and help you find the tools you need to reach your goals you might just be interested in the free webinar I have coming up in March. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you’ll be one of the first notified to sign up for one of the limited spots that will be available.
Until next time, I’m challenging you to believe in yourself and turn your negatives into positives,